Female Disruptors: Stephanie Lindley is making tiny cookies that pack a big punch.

Ashley Couto
Authority Magazine
Published in
5 min readSep 9, 2018

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Stephanie Lindley, CEO of Byrd Cookie Company.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! What is your “backstory”?

I’m the CEO and fourth-generation owner of Byrd Cookie Company, which was originally founded by my great-grandfather, Benjamin Tillman Byrd Sr., in 1924.

Over the years, we’ve grown Byrd Cookie Company from a regional cookie bakery to a national leader in the specialty food industry. We’ve developed exciting new flavors, including the award-winning Key Lime Cooler, and forged strategic partnerships with Delta Airlines, Universal Studios, Neiman Marcus, Dylan’s Candy Bar and Williams-Sonoma, positioning Byrd as a leading gourmet cookie brand with strong annual sales and successful retail stores in Georgia and South Carolina.

Why did you found your company?

I began my career at the age of 19, learning the cookie business from my grandfather, BT Byrd Jr. The lessons learned from previous generations have driven me to dramatically expand the company, but with a deep respect for the hand-crafted traditions that define the Byrd legacy.

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Ashley Couto
Authority Magazine

Art historian turned marketer and journalist. I write about content and email marketing, visual design, and running a business..